Deeper Thinking: Dreams And Us
It should be no secret that each of us has our own perspectives. This is the short reason why dreams are hard to reach. Then, one might ask, why do so many things appeal to people en masse? In looking at this episode’s theme, I started thinking about why this is, and this article is the result of that process. As always when I am thinking deeply on a topic, I rely upon the wisdom of others. I hope you enjoy the results of my thoughts, their wisdom, and how the results build upon different views.
To start, think of the top two answers for each of the following questions as they apply to you. First, who do you care about or who would you like to care about? Second, what do you care about or what would you like to do? I consider these the two main branches of dreams, the social and the personal achievement. Quite frequently they mingle together. Personal achievement is an odd category because it also can be something that a person simply enjoys doing, rather than a goal to reach. Social is all about relationships. Relationships vary greatly, much like the personal category. It is the broad and general nature of these categories that allows us to enjoy things together. The general overcomes our differences. All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together. Jack Kerouac
When considering your answers, think about how they relate to others. We can all relate to the value of having friends and family around who help us aspire to greater things. The relationships you value are something most people value, or at least can agree are valuable. The general idea of enjoying an activity or achieving a goal resonates widely. In short we all agree to some extent on the big picture. We tend to agree on the bigger picture. Strangers used to gather together at the cinema and sit together in the dark, like Ancient Greeks participating in the mysteries, dreaming the same dream in unison. Angela Carter
This is why reaching dreams and building something for multiple people works. There’s a general synergy between people, and by hitting the right themes, the result is people enjoying your creation. When we dream alone it is only a dream, but when many dream together it is the beginning of a new reality. Friedensreich Hundertwasser This is true for all creative fields, from music and movies to writing and games. The uniform makes for brotherhood, since when universally adopted it covers up all differences of class and country. Robert BadenPowell
So then, why do some things we like start feeling hollow and less fulfilling? Think of your top 15 for each category now. Make them as specific as possible. Add details. I’m sure you’ve already realized that the overlap suddenly got much smaller. It is those details that show how we are all different. Our dreams follow what we value. Great authors are admirable in this respect: in every generation they make for disagreement. Through them we become aware of our differences. Andre Gide
Even more, some of the larger points don’t hit our desires. Not everyone’s top few points are the same. Somebody may be focused on romance, and somebody else on their friends. The same story won’t prioritize those two points appropriately for both people, and if one is left as a minor point the person who values that won’t enjoy the story. It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else. Erma Bombeck
Additionally, once our dreams are fulfilled we find ourselves looking for the next dream. Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream. Khalil Gibran We move on as we grow. The focus of our lives change, and our dreams move with us. That's what keeps me going: dreaming, inventing, then hoping and dreaming some more in order to keep dreaming. Joseph Barbera
We are our dreams. Our dreams are us. Neither is the whole, but without either we are no longer the same being. We don’t have to be lost in them. Sometimes they come to a sad end, such as the more realistic world that Blockscape was building. Sometimes those ends lead to new beginnings.
We should embrace our dreams as part of what moves us forward. We should acknowledge them, let them drive us to be better, and still keep our focus on our goals. Most of all, we should never be ashamed to say ‘This is my dream.’
Keep dreaming great dreams!
About the Author
Robert joined Gaiscioch during the Rift chapter, and decided to stick around because the people are awesome! He has a long history of playing games, mostly RPG or Strategy, and has played MMOs since they were born of MUDs.
Aside from his gaming, he also enjoys reading and cooking. Robert has also been previously published as a contributor with Rift Junkies for several articles during the 'Storm Legion' expansion. He does not always use the moniker 'Jairone' but it is a frequent choice in honor of one of his Grandfathers, as it is based on his middle name of Jerome.